HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · Bajwa intended to discuss “internal security and the ongoing situation in Afghanistan” with the ISI chief Lt General Faiz Hamid, during his visit
  • · The ISPR stated that the meeting took place in a situation when there was an ongoing scuffle between the army and the govt over the appointment of the next chief of ISI
  • · Since the announcement of the army on the unnoticed appointment of the new ISI chief, there was an ongoing rumour regarding disruption of the civil-military relations

On Monday, Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the headquarters of the Pakistan intelligence agency. The visit took place amid a conflict between the Pakistan army and the Imran Khan government over the appointment of the next spymaster. Bajwa intended to discuss “internal security and the ongoing situation in Afghanistan” with the ISI chief Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid, during his visit.

According to reports, he was received by the Lieutenant and briefed on the internal security and briefed Afghanistan’s scenario. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Bajwa was satisfied by the preparedness of the organization. It further stated that the meeting took place in a situation when there was an ongoing scuffle between the army and the Imran Khan government over the appointment of the next chief of ISI.

On October 6, the army made an announcement that Lt Gen Hameed, who was currently holding office as the ISI chief, was made the commander of Peshawar corps, while Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed Anjum took his place in the office. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) of Pakistan, did not release any statement as a response to the claims by the army. This gave rise to rumours regarding disturbances in civil-military relations.

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on October 12, has stated that the PM had the authority to appoint an ISI chief and the line of the procedure will be followed in the resolution. He has said, “the legal procedure will be followed in the appointment of the new DG ISI, for which both (Gen Bajwa and Prime Minister Imran) are in agreement.”

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